Why Was the Bill of Rights Created?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 30, 2020 6:20:27 AM ET

The Bill of Rights was created to protect the civil liberties of American citizens and prevent the government from abusing power. The first 10 amendments were ratified as a compromise between Federalists and Antifederalists, politicians who debated the federal government's degree of authority over state legislatures and individual citizenship rights.